September 22, 2014 | 2 responses

There’s not much that can compete with the fresh flavors of summer, except for recipes that will have you reminiscing when that season has come and gone. By preserving summertime fruits and veggies, you can enjoy them throughout the colder months. That’s what we did with the organic peaches that we stocked up on from the farmer’s market. I’ll tell you that having sliced frozen peaches on hand makes recipes … More

September 17, 2014 | 3 responses

Garlic harvested from the garden is a beautiful thing! The question is, how can it be properly stored so that it will last for months and be planted in the garden for next year? If I keep a few garlic bulbs in the dark pantry or cupboard in our kitchen, they usually last a month or two before they start to sprout or rot. I go through garlic fairly quickly … More

September 15, 2014

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #EverydaySharpie“ Whenever a new season approaches, I get this uncontrollable urge to organize something. Sometimes it’s just a little bit, and sometimes it’s like the major nesting instinct I had while I was 8 months pregnant. I can’t ignore it. My pantry is begging to … More

September 12, 2014 | 3 responses

Squash bugs and squash beetles are attacking my fall pumpkin and cucumber plants! I don’t understand it since my summertime cucumber bed made it without a single pest. There were aphids, but ladybugs took care of them. That’s what I first thought the squash beetles were on my pumpkin vines. Unfortunately, it turns out that they’re definitely not helpful ladybugs. Squash beetles (different from squash bugs) are hungry little devils … More

September 11, 2014

I remember researching colleges and universities. It was one of the most exciting and overwhelming times of my life; deciding where I would spend those transformative years that would prepare me for the responsibilities of full-fledged adulthood. I remember the incredible amount of factors to consider beyond the academic standpoint. You’re making a large investment in your education at an institution that leads by example not only for students, but … More

September 8, 2014

I’ve been slightly obsessed with glass bottles in the garden lately. There are so many ways to upcycle glass bottles and make your garden that much more beautiful! I think I got started on my kick after I longed for the perfect garden markers, and finally made some I love by repurposing mini wine bottles. All this DIY talk brings me to tell you about Hometalk, the social media site … More

August 29, 2014

Fall is approaching quickly. Where did the time go? Before the crisp air sets in, it’s time to savor the tastes of the summer garden while they last! To me, potato salad is one of those quintessential summertime dishes that I can’t imagine a picnic without. I’m planning on making my favorite potato salad tomorrow with the last of our potato harvest. Add garlic, dill and chives to the mix … More

August 28, 2014

The close of summer is a great time to direct-seed fast growing varieties of vegetables in the garden. Lettuce, bok choy, spinach, radishes, arugula, turnips, peas, beets and carrots are just a few of the crops that grow well when days are shorter and temperatures are cooler. Here are some tips to help you enjoy fresh food past the summer season! Timing Knowing your first average freeze date and the amount … More

August 25, 2014

Has your herb garden given you a bumper crop of delicious fresh herbs this summer? If it’s still growing strong and you have more fresh herbs than you can eat at once, one great way to preserve them other than drying is making pesto. I make big batches of it with my basil and parsley from the garden and freeze it in 1/4-cup servings in jelly jars. It lasts 3 … More

August 22, 2014 | 2 responses

My 4 year old daughter is a magnet for mosquitoes. Our bite prevention measures have included long sleeved light colored clothing and a good natural insect repellent, but no matter what, she always ends up getting bitten. Not only that, she also has severe reactions to the bites. They’re itchy and hot, swell to golf-ball-size, and sometimes even cause her to develop a mild fever. My homemade natural anti-itch cream … More